News Mr Starmer stood down last month and has gone back to private practice

Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

The RBS ESSA Awards: Rewarding the UK’s top student societies

Events attended by the country’s top employers, their own investment funds and a combined annual turnover of more than £1.8m: the UK’s student societies mean business. The RBS ESSA seeks to reward them, writes Gemma Howe

China threatens Leeds Olympic base pull-out over Dalai Lama visit

Chinese officials have threatened to pull the country's Olympic athletes out of their training camp in Leeds due to a scheduled visit by the Dalai Lama to the city, it was reported today.

David Cameron warned on foreign student policy

British universities could lose out on millions of pounds annually if immigration policies are not changed, senior education figures have warned David Cameron.

Warning over 'tsunami of pain' as osteoarthritis cases soar

Britain is facing a "tsunami" of pain as the number of osteoarthritis cases soars in the future, a leading expert has warned.

Science student Andy Brown also spends his time ‘juggling girls’ on the University of Leeds cheerleading team

Postgraduate diary

Andy Brown, a Masters student in polymer science, explains its appeal

Cambridge named as best university in the world

Cambridge is the best university in the world, according to a new league table which sees its rival Oxford awarded fifth place.

Herbal remedies lack safety warnings

Some herbal remedies still lack clear safety information on side-effects despite new EU rules earlier this year that they should carry warnings. New research shows that even products that fall under these new rules are available online and in shops without the safety information, and old stock is still on sale.

Cec Thompson: The first black man to play rugby league for Great Britain

Cec Thompson was a man who, from unpromising beginnings, made a remarkable success of his life, on and off the rugby league field. Not content to rest on his laurels after becoming the first black player to represent Great Britain in 1951, he became a successful businessman, a highly respected economics teacher and a driving force behind the Student Rugby League. All this after leaving school at 14 and barely being able to read and write when well into his 20s.

No Off Switch: An Autobiography, By Andy Kershaw

Five years ago Andy Kershaw's life unravelled horribly, thanks to that very modern nemesis, the carelessly undeleted text message. Moving into his new house on the Isle of Man with his family, the broadcaster was undone when his partner borrowed his mobile and saw evidence of what he refers to as "leg-over in Reading" a year earlier. It was of such little significance, he said, he hadn't even bothered to delete it. If the encounter was so devoid of meaning, why did he bother in the first place?

China’s power stations generate ‘future spike’ in global warming

Sulphur pollutants from coal-fired power stations in China have tended to cool the global climate over the past decade in contrast to the warming effect resulting from rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, scientists have found.

I'm sorry, says body-in-bathtub killer Tatsuya Ichihashi as he faces family in court

The Japanese man accused of murdering Lindsay Hawker has apologised to her family for raping and strangling the British teacher, but he denied intent to kill in the opening yesterday of his long-awaited trial outside Tokyo.

The ancient temples under fire in an age-old conflict

Clashes on Cambodia-Thailand border are threat to sites. Andrew Buncombe reports

Defence lawyers attack evidence of homeless witness

Witnesses appearing on behalf of US student Amanda Knox have rejected a claim she was seen near a house where her British roommate was murdered in Italy.

Natalie Haynes: Warning: the wording on this medicine will drive you to drink

Every few months, a science story appears which is so totally misunderstood that mild-mannered scientists take off their lab coats, flex their biceps and gently explain that percentages don't actually work that way, so no, everyone isn't about to die of E.coli, not even if they lick a goat and don't wash their hands.

Meredith Kercher murder recreated for TV film

The harrowing scene of Meredith Kercher's murder has been recreated for a television film, showing her screaming in terror as her killers pin her down.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

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The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

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Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
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